Published by Lyrical Press on June 5, 2018
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“Won’t you come to bed, my lord?”
In a vulnerable moment, Alethea Forsythe allows herself to be seduced by a married peer. Now she is with child—and without recourse. Her reputation will soon be in tatters and she will be forced to wed a stranger—unless she takes matters into her own hands.
When Jack Fitzwilliam, the Earl of Manning, is summoned from the House of Pleasure on a matter of importance, he hardly expects to receive a marriage proposal. He’s long been aware of Alethea’s infatuation with him, but at twenty-three, taking on an expectant bride is not in his plans. Yet the desperation in the lady’s lovely eyes overrides his misgivings.
Alethea would not have believed it possible for a man to be too chivalrous. But though her new husband is perfectly amicable in public, he insists they maintain separate quarters. Desperate to possess his heart and prove herself a wife in every way, she boldly reaches out to Jack. And as their unexpected connection between silken sheets is tested by jealousy and misfortune, Jack must decide where honor ends…and true passion begins.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Only Seduction Will Do is the fourth book in the House of Pleasure series by Jenna Jaxon. I haven’t read any of the previous books so can confirm that this book can be read as a standalone one.
Alethea Forsythe is single and pregnant. In a weak moment, when at her most vulnerable a so-called ‘gentleman’ took advantage of her. Her loss of virginity was a painful one physically, but also mentally when she discovered soon after that the man was married. Worse still, she also discovered she was pregnant. She desperately needs to marry and she has just the man in mind that she wants to approach. That man is Jack Fitzwilliam, the Earl of Manning. He is a most honourable person, and Alethea has been in love with him for the longest time. They are friends, but he has no idea how she truly feels about him.
Jack is 23 and hasn’t yet given much thought to marriage, he is also a virgin! When Alethea tells him of her predicament and explains how desperately she needs to be married he agrees with a degree of trepidation. She reminds him so much of his sister that he can never hope to be physically attracted to her. Even knowing that, and knowing that she could be carrying a son that would be brought up as his heir whilst not being his blood, he still agrees to marry her. That is how sweet and honourable the man is!
When they are married, thankfully Jack does start seeing Alethea as a beautiful woman he wants to bed. When his passions get the better of him and he grabs her for a passionate kiss and fondle in his carriage, he is too rough and ends up hurting her which shames him. He vows not to touch her again until he has the chance to find out how to treat a woman in bed and definitely not to hurt her. Of course, he won’t tell Alethea that he is a virgin and about his doubts, so she is sure he doesn’t want her because she has been with another man.
She aches for him and decides to do all in her power to seduce him into her bed. But it seems the harder she tries the more he pulls away! Will they be able to come to an accord, and if they do, what happens when the baby is born if it is a boy? Will that put the cat upon the pigeons and break their marriage? There is so much uncertainty and insecurity between our couple that it’s hard to see how they will manage to have their happy ever after! One that they definitely deserve.
It took me a chapter or two to fully find myself engrossed in the story, but from then on I just didn’t want to put the book down. There were some light-hearted moments, moments when I was angry, some very steamy, sultry, beautiful moments, and even a scenario that had me sobbing into a tissue. I really did run the whole gamut of emotions with this book, and don’t worry, YES our couple do have their happy ever after!
Having enjoyed this book so much I am definitely going to read the previous books and any future ones from this author.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.